Airbus Helicopters and Boeing are partnering on the Chinook H-47 to support Germany’s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirements.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will build on the existing Chinook partnership team which Is made up of AERO-Bildung GmbH, CAE Elektronik GmbH, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Lufthansa Technik, Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce Deutschland.
Eight NATO nations currently fly the Chinook – Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. The aircraft has proved its capabilities and mission readiness in several theatres including air-to-air refueling, Medevac, troop transport, search and rescue and humanitarian and disaster relief, and special operations.
“We are pleased that Airbus Helicopters has joined our team of strategic partners on the H-47 Chinook programme for Germany, and together we will provide the strongest offering to the Bundeswehr,” said Mark Cherry, Boeing Vice President and General Manager, Vertical Lift programmes, adding, “The Chinook has been the preferred heavy-lift helicopter in Europe for decades and a cornerstone of all kinds of NATO operations.”
“Building on decades of experience as a partner of the Bundeswehr, Airbus Helicopters is excited to join Boeing’s Chinook Germany industry team and to partner with Boeing on delivering maximum operational availability to the Bundeswehr,” said Wolfgang Schoder, General Manager of Airbus Helicopters in Germany.
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